Are your kids out of school for the summer? If so, then you’ll no doubt be facing the inevitable dilemma of limiting the amount of screen time they’re allowed each day. With the multitude of devices kids have at their disposal (and often multiple kids too!), this can definitely be a challenge. Before you throw your hands up in frustration, consider the following tips to ensure your child is exposed to as much sunshine as monitor glare this summer:
Set Boundaries Early
If your kids are still finishing up their last days of school, this is the perfect time to instigate a chat about summertime screen privileges. Let them know that it won’t be a free-for-all as soon as the last school bell sounds. Instead, decide on a reasonable amount of time per day for television and all other devices. The specific amount of time is up to you, of course, but remember that research tells us interactive educational games are much more intellectually stimulating than passive TV viewing.
Keep ‘Em Busy
Remember summers when you were a kid? Despite the onslaught of technology, once you open your front door and walk outside, not a lot has changed. With the warmer weather come opportunities for all kinds of fun seasonal activities such as swimming, hiking, and cycling. Rainy days don’t have to be spent in front of a screen either. Check out your local library’s summer reading program and make sure you’ve got plenty of fiction and nonfiction for them to dig into over the next few months. Of course, it’s neither possible nor desirable to fill every moment of your child’s summer schedule. Remember, a little boredom is good and can actually encourage creativity!
Have a Monitoring System in Place
As a savvy parent, you’re likely aware that boundaries themselves often aren’t enough to hold kids accountable for their behaviors. It’s important to have a monitoring system in place so that you know that your tweens and teens are really abiding by the tech rules you’ve set. Going about this alone can be a full-time job and leave you with little time to relax over the summer yourself. Luckily for you, parental monitoring apps like Qustodio can do all the hard work for you.
Our online dashboard can help you set time limits for each of your children’s devices. It will even allow you to shut the device down or block Internet access when time is up! Try Qustodio today for free, and enjoy a fun summer with your kiddos minus the arguments over screen time!